Road to the U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open
Each year, thousands of competitors enter the U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open. They are professionals and amateurs, teenagers and seniors, All-Americans and walk-ons, teachers and firefighters, representing more than 75 countries. This year, their dream is to tee it up at Pinehurst No. 2 in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C., where these national championships will be played for the first time in consecutive weeks on the same golf course.
The process of determining each field of 156 players is a major undertaking. For the U.S. Open, it starts with upwards of 9,800 entrants and proceeds through two stages of qualifying, local and sectional. The U.S. Women's Open has sectional qualifying, including the debut this year of four international qualifiers. The USGA relies heavily on state, regional and foreign golf associations to conduct qualifiers within their jurisdictions.
Players who survive qualifying have a chance to play alongside the biggest names in golf on one of the game's grandest stages. With the added element this year of the back-to-back championships, competitors who make it to Pinehurst will be a part of history.